19TH JULY 2014 5.30pm 



All lots will be auctioned and sold to the highest bidder unless the reserve price set for certain items have not been met.


Successful bidders will be asked to complete an auction acceptance form and payment


will be taken at a later date.


Telephone and Proxy Bids can be organised prior to the auction by contacting Graeme Miller on 01292 263435 (ext3) or by email


Please bid clearly to make certain your bid is seen by the auctioneer who will be Somerset Boab.


Good Luck to all Bidders.


LOT 1 – 4 BALL GOLF AT PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS – Kindly donated by Eddie Prentice, Club Secretary. A round of golf for 4 people at Prestwick St Nicholas golf club.  


LOT 2 – AYR UNITED AWAY GAME PACKAGE – Be the guests of the directors at an away game during the 14/15 season which will include travel on the team bus. This is for 2 people.


LOT 3 – SLATERS MENSWEAR VOUCHER – Kindly donated by Slaters Ayr. Voucher to the value of £100


LOT 4 – WINE TASTING FOR EIGHT – Kindly donated by Corney & Barrow, Academy St Ayr. This is a voucher for up to 8 guests and starts off with a glass of fizz on arrival, a full tour of their eighteenth century cellars followed by wine tasting of anything between 6 and 8 different wines. This will last between 90 mins and 2 hours.


LOT 5 – PENALTY SHOOT OUT PACKAGE – You and five friends will have the opportunity to take part in your own half time penalty kick competition at Somerset Park. Package is for any league match during this season and includes a bar meal and a prize for the winner.


LOT 6 – 4 BALL GOLF AT PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT – Kindly donated by Jim Jess, Club Secretary. A round of golf for 4 people at Prestwick St Cuthbert golf club. Expires 1st February 2015.


LOT 7 – 2 NIGHTS DINNER B&B AT FAIRFIELD HOUSE HOTEL – Kindly donated by Robert Crews, General Manager. 2 nights stay for 2 people in the Blenheim Suite at the 4 star Fairfield House Hotel in Ayr and includes 2AA rosette dinner for 2 in Martins Bar-Grill and breakfast on both days.


LOT 8 – BOARDROOM GUEST AT AYR UNITED – Matchday guest of the board of directors for two people. Includes boardroom hospitality and seats in the directors box. Available for any league game this season.


LOT 9 – RYAN STEVENSON SIGNED SHIRT – Kindly donated by the man himself. Stevo has signed the strip he scored a hat trick against Kilmarnock with during the 13/14 season.


LOT 10 – HOSPITALITY FOR 10 AT AYR UNITED – Match day hospitality for 10 guests at any league game this season (subject to availability) and will include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, view the match from private box, half time fayre and £100 bar tab.


Shirt & Shorts draw 14/15

Ayr United are hosting their annual Shirt/Shorts Draw & Auction night this Saturday,Forrest-Rangers

19th July at 5.30pm in The Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.

The event gives everyone who enters the chance to have their name/company logo on the First Team’s Strips and Shorts for just £150. There will be a number of other prizes available. First team players including Alan Forrest will be in attendance to make the draw.

All entrants receive two tickets to the draw which includes a welcome drink, a complimentary buffet and entertainment from Somerset Boab. There will also be some auction items and these will be posted on here as soon as they have been finalised as phone bids will be accepted prior to the event.

You can download the application form by clicking here or contact the commercial department on 01292 263435 (ext3) and

Manager Process

As announced earlier today, the club have parted ways with Manager Mark Roberts.

Andy Millen has agreed to take the reins for the next few weeks until we find a suitable replacement for Mark.

We will be accepting CV’s from experienced Managers at for the next week or so. At that time, we will narrow down the applicants to a manageable number and contact each one individually with a view to compiling a short list of approximately five candidates for personal interviews with the search committee.

We expect the process to take three weeks due to the holidays and that we are opening up the application pool to the entire footballing community similar to the process that we used in 2008.

No internal candidates are expected and we will make every effort to have a new manager in place by January 6th.

Mark Roberts released by club

At a specially convened board meeting today, the club have released Mark Roberts with immediate effect.


In doing so the club would like to express their appreciations towards Mark. He has been with the club for 6 years as a player and manager and the club, board and chairman would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours.


More to follow.


Ayr United 2 Stenhousemuir 3

Ayr United 2 v 3 Stenhousemuir


Going into this game both Ayr and Stenhousemuir were desperate for a positive result as recent poor form had seen them end up at the foot of the league table in 8th and 9th position respectively.


Initially things looked positive for Ayr as influential defender Peter Murphy, rated as doubtful before kick-off, took up his position in the Ayr defence as Mark Roberts decided to dispense with the usual back four and adopt a three man defensive formation.


In the very early stages this new formation appeared to give Ayr the initiative and they almost took the lead in 2mins when John Paul McGovern latched on to a weak clearance. His first time volley was well timed and sweetly struck but flashed just past Stenhousemuir keeper Fleming’s right hand post.


Apart from this early opportunity there was little to choose between the two teams in a scrappy opening period as neither side looked capable of dominating or entertaining the sparse 646 hardy souls who attended this league 1 fixture.


During Ayr’s recent run of poor form they have been guilty of losing early goals and this league fixture wasn’t going to be any different. After just 11 minutes a quick break by Stenhousemuir caught Ayr’s new three man defensive formation out. The four man counter attack was held at bay briefly by the three Ayr defenders on the edge of the box that resulted in a shot from distance which was well saved by the legs of David Hutton. Unfortunately for Ayr the loose ball fell kindly for Stenny forward Colin McMenamin who had the easy task of shooting in to an unguarded goal to put Stenhousemuir one up.


In the 23rd minute Stenhousemuir’s Walsh broke through the Ayr rearguard but a heavy second touch caused him to squander a great opportunity with only Ayr’s Hutton standing between him and a second goal.


Stenhousemuir appeared to be growing in confidence as the game progressed but Ayr managed to draw level with 27 mins on the clock. Captain Scott McLaughlin executed a superb left footed free kick from 22 yards that left Warriors keeper Greg Fleming with no chance to save and to level the score at 1-1.


This set back didn’t seem to upset Stenny’s confidence and in 40 mins they were back in the lead. A great move down the left hand side saw Gary Oliver deliver a superb in-swinging cross with his right foot which was superbly met by Colin McMenamin. His well-placed header gave David Hutton little hope of saving, as it clipped the underside of the bar on the way in to the Ayr goal, to give Stenhousemuir a half time 2-1 lead.


Mark Roberts made changes during the interval replacing Paul Slane with Ryan Donnelly but it was Stenhousemuir who started more brightly in the second period.


Former Ayr defender Alan Lithgow went close in 50mins drilling a shot just wide of the post but 3 minutes later things were about to get a whole lot worse. A long angled ball caught Ayr sleeping at the back and with McMenamin outpacing United’s defence David Hutton raced off his line to clear with his head at the edge of the box. The weak clearance was turned back towards Ayr’s goal and as the ball pinged about the Ayr penalty box it was that man McMenamin who popped up again to notch his and Stenny’s third with another simple tap in as Stenhousemuir went 3-1 ahead.


Ayr immediately replaced Keenan with Forrest in an attempt to get back into this game but it was Stenhousemuir who nearly increased their lead again, this time direct from a corner, but Kevin McKinlay was on hand to head clear.


United attempted to get back in to the game but struggled to consistently create any clear opportunities as Stenhousemuir seemed happy to allow Ayr to have possession and hit on the counter attack.


In the 89th minute Alan Forrest found space in the box and directed a great looping header past Stenny keeper Fleming to reduce the deficit to 3-2. However it wasn’t enough as Ayr went down to another home defeat that saw Stenhousemuir leapfrog above Ayr leaving United second from bottom.


Attendance – 646


Ayr United

Hutton, Devlin, Keenan, Cummins, Murphy, Gilmour, Salne, McLaughlin, Beattie, McGovern, McKinlay


Newman, Donnelly, Donald, Crawford, McKenzie, Forrest, Muir



Fleming, Duncan, Meechan, McMillan, Lithgow, Millar, Dickson, Hodge, McMenamin, Walsh, Oliver


Smith, Summers, Faulds, Fotheringham, Watt, Reid, Eddington


Report: David Kennedy






Ticket Sales and pick ups

A small amount of Stand tickets and Somerset Road end tickets are still available for sale.

The Club Shop opening hours are Monday – Friday 12-4pm.

Last day for purchasing or picking up tickets is Saturday from 10am until 1:30pm.

Season Ticket holders are reminded that they need to exchange their Season Ticket number 12 for a valid match ticket.


We would kindly request that all fans arrive early on Saturday as lengthy queues will build up at the turnstiles prior to kick off.

Turnstiles will open at 1:30pm.

Fans are requested to have their Match tickets ready to help aid the stewards and staff direct you to the correct turnstile.

Police have advised that any Rangers fans who have managed to purchase tickets for the Ayr end (Somerset Road) will not be permitted access to the terracing area and if discovered in the terracing area, they will be ejected by Club Stewards.


Parking at the stadium on the day will be limited, with priority given to Blue Badge holders.

Access to the car park will be from Whitletts Road only.

We would like to draw people’s attention to the no-waiting restrictions on the roads around the stadium and surrounding areas. A traffic management map is attached for your information. Click Here

Free parking for cars is available at Ayr College and Millbrae car parks which can be accessed via Station Road Ayr.

Rangers Supporters buses will be directed to park on the blaze park in Craigie Road Ayr and thereafter in Whitletts Road Ayr and then Allison Street Ayr.

Ayr United Supporters Club

There will be limited space on the day as there is in an increase in Match Day Hospitality. A reduced bar menu will be available.

Please arrive early and have your membership card available to gain entry.


Home fans:

Somerset Road – on the day of the match there is segregation in place between the North Terrace and Somerset Road, therefore, the normal catering van will not be accessible to the Somerset Road end. Please use the Catering stall in place at the East End of the Family Stand which will be accessible from the Somerset Road Terracing.

Family Stand – a temporary stall will be in place to cater for fans on the day.

Away Fans:

The unit on the Railway end of the North terracing will have an additional temporary unit beside it, and the Large Stall in the Hospitality car park will cater for the North Terrace.

There will be limited catering facilities for those fans in the West Enclosure.

Match Preview v Stenhousemuir

Ayr United return to Somerset Park after four consecutive games on the road – and four defeats. The Honest Men last home game saw them draw with Championship side Alloa but its six matches since Ayr recorded a home win.


Stenhousemuir were defeated 2-0 at home to Forfar Athletic last weekend and have lost five of their last six games. Scott Booth’s side occupy ninth position in the league table, two points behind Ayr. The Warriors have picked up just three points from seven league matches on the road this season, scoring five goals.


Read on for our match preview:


Marko says: “We are under pressure on Saturday and we know it however there is nothing wrong with pressure, we want to play with an intensity that shows our desire to get the three points. We are all embarrassed by this run of form and collectively we will come out of it better and that starts on Saturday. Back to back home games gives us a chance for six points and that would make a huge difference to everyone.  I know we are going to come out of this bad spell, we have the players to start climbing the table and that starts tomorrow. No one is complaining about the criticism we have had, this run of results deserves criticism. We know the only way to turn it around is to win games starting now.”


Team news: Peter Murphy is very doubtful with the back problem that kept him out of Saturdays game at Dunfermline. Paul Slane is also a doubt with a knock picked up in training.


Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park): Ayr United wins – 25 Draws – 6 Stenhousemuir wins – 9


There have only been 15 draws in the 80 matches between the sides but five of the last nine games have ended 1-1.


Last Meeting: Honours were even when the sides met earlier in the season at Ochilview. Ryan Donnelly opened the scoring in the 12th minute but Martin Grehan levelled for the Warriors 14 minutes later. Stenny’s last visit to Somerset Park saw them depart with a 3-2 victory in dramatic fashion after Sean Higgins scored in the 87th and 90th minute.


On this day: United’s last match on this date was versus Alloa Athletic in 2008. Goals from Scott Agnew and a late Alex Williams double earned the Honest Men a 3-0 win at Somerset Park. The visitors had defender Scot Buist sent-off on the hour mark. Ayr lined-up: Grindlay, Dempsie (Aitken), Campbell, Walker, Easton; Borris (Weaver), Agnew, Stevenson, Keenan; Prunty, Gormley (Williams)

Match Officials: Referee: Des Roache

Assistant Referee 1: Mark McLean Assistant Referee 2: David Dunne


Match Info:


Adults – £15

OAP’s/Under 16’s and students – £8

Parent & Child Gate – £18

Viewing options for Saturday

We have tickets available to watch Saturdays match against Stenhousemuir from one of the viewing boxes in the hospitality suite. Tickets cost £20 for a non season ticket holder & £10 for ST holders. All tickets must be picked up from the club shop prior to the match.

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Flares : Ayr United Football Club

Following on from the article in the Ayrshire Post last week, Ayr United would like to point out that serious sanctions could be imposed on Ayr United fans from attending any away fixtures and if the persons responsible persist in their actions the Club will incur additional policing costs at every home game, which will have a direct impact on the operating and playing budgets.  Ayr United have been advised by Police Scotland that they are monitoring the situation carefully and seriously.

Roy Provan, Football Safety Manager, Ayr United Football Club.